The 15th anniversary of the Jordan Brand Classic featured an impressive day of play from competitive boys, girls, regional and international teams.
In the National Boys Game, which featured some of the country’s top incoming college freshmen, the East prevailed over the West, 131-117. De’Aaron Fox (Katy, TX) scored a game-high 23 points to take home MVP for the East, while Malik Monk (Bentonville, AR) finished with 22 points and 5 rebounds for MVP honors on the West.
“Jordan Brand Classic athletes are about to embark on a path that is different from anything they have yet to experience,” said Jordan Brand athlete Carmelo Anthony. “Jordan Brand provides these athletes one last chance to come together and compete before they set their eyes on the collegiate court and beyond.”
On the girls’ side, the West defeated the East, 100 to 94. Highlights included double-doubles from two standout MVPs: Team West’s Joyner Holmes (Cedar Hill, TX) and Team East’s Erin Boley (Elizabeth Town, KY).
“For the second year in a row, I am honored to be in the company of the nation’s best talent competing in the Jordan Brand Classic,” said Jordan Brand family member Maya Moore. “Being able to place a spotlight on female talent raises the level of women’s basketball and furthers the astounding legacy of Jordan Brand.”
Off the court, Jordan Brand Classic participants were treated to an exclusive New York City experience throughout the week. The week included team Q&A’s with Jordan Brand family athletes Ray Allen and Maya Moore, a dedicated players’ lounge at Terminal 23, styling sessions at 166 Flatbush, and a celebratory awards dinner at One World Observatory.
During his 18-year professional basketball career, Michael Jordan created a legacy of greatness through his work ethic, dedication to the game of basketball and legendary competitive drive. Those qualities have been adopted by the Jordan Brand and will once again come to life this weekend at the 15th annual Jordan Brand Classic.
The Jordan Brand Classic features the top male and female high school basketball players from around the world. These young athletes, alongside participants from the International and Regional games, share a competitive spirit and passion for their craft. Throughout its history, the Jordan Brand Classic has showcased some of the game's greatest players, including Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Jabari Parker.
This year’s Jordan Brand Classic will commence on Friday at 1:30pm EST with the International game, which will include 40 players from over 20 different countries — athletes who earned their way into the game by competing in the Jordan Brand International Camp this March in Zagreb, Croatia.
For the second year in a row, the JBC will feature a National girls game at 3:30om EST. The girls game, which was the brainchild of Jordan athlete and WNBA Champion Maya Moore, showcases the top female high scool basketball players from around the country. Notably, this year’s team will feature Erin Boley (National player of the year), Lauren Cox and Nancy Mulkey.
The NYC Regional boys game will follow at 5:30pm EST.
The Jordan Brand Classic will conclude with its headline event as the National team, featuring the best athletes from the East and West, step onto the court at 8:00pm EST.
Bam Adebayo (High Point Christian (High Point, NC) / Kentucky), Udoka Azubuike (Potters House Christian (Jacksonville, FL) / Kansas), Tony Bradley (Bartow H.S. (Bartow, FL) North Carolina), Bruce Brown (Vermont Academy (Saxtons River, VT) / Miami), De’Aaron Fox (Cypress Lakes H.S. (Katy, TX) Kentucky), Markelle Fultz (DeMatha H.S. (Hyattsville, MD) Washington), Alterique Gilbert (Miller Grove H.S. (Lithonia, GA) / Connecticut), Harry Giles (Forest Trail Academy (Kernersville, NC) / Duke), Jonathan Isaac (IMG Academy (Naples, FL) / FSU), V.J. King (Paul VI H.S. (Fairfax, VA) / Louisville) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo) / Duke)
Marques Bolden (DeSoto H.S. (Dallas, TX) / Undecided), Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) / Michigan State), Amir Coffey (Hopkins (Minnetonka, MN) / Minnesota), Kenyan Gabriel (Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, MA) / Kentucky), Frank Jackson (Lone Peak H.S. (Alpine, UT) / Duke), Andrew Jones (MacArthur H.S. (Irving, TX) / Texas), Malik Monk (Bentonville H.S. (Bentonville, AR) / Kentucky), Shamorie Ponds (Thomas Jefferson H.S. (Brooklyn, NY) / St. John’s), Omari Spellman (St. Thomas More (Oakdale, CT) / Villanova) and Cassius Winston (Univ. of Detroit Jesuit H.S. (Detroit, MI) / Michigan State)
Paying respect to the basketball culture in New York City and building upon the Jordan Brand Classic’s energy, Jordan Brand will reintroduce 166 Flatbush as a pop–up boutique for Nike+ members only. 166 Flatbush brings the best in class services, experiences and product to the city. For more information on this week's activities and sign up to become a Jordan member, visit jordan.com/jbc.